Bajaj Auto unveiled a new commuter motorcycle, christened V, which was made using metal from the dismantled INS Vikrant, India's first aircraft carrier. Bajaj Auto has confirmed that production of the V will begin on 5 February with the initial capacity of 20,000 units per month.
The V comes with a removable rear seat cowl, which can be detached to seat the pillion. It features a new speedometer cluster with a dual-colour LED fuel-level indicator and an LED tail lamp. The fuel tank is where the metal from the INS Vikrant has been used. The motorcycle comes with 33mm diameter front fork and rear shock absorbers, which is the largest in its class, according to Bajaj Auto. Built on a double-cradle platform, Bajaj V has been styled to give it a neo-classical look. It gets a 60-watt headlamp, thunderous exhaust and bold body lines, along with a premium textured seat.
The Bajaj V will be powered by a 149.5cc single-cylinder four-stroke air-cooled DTS-i engine, churning out a maximum power of 11.8bhp at 7,500rpm and 13Nm of torque at 5,500rpm. The motorcycle measures 2,044mm in length, 780mm in width and 1,070mm in height, with a wheelbase of 1,315mm. The new bike comes with a ground clearance of 165mm and kerb weight of 135.5 kilogram. The V will be available in two colours Ebony Black and Pearl White.
"We believe the Indian customer buying a commuter motorcycle deserves something that is substantial, solid and which moves with a sense of purpose. The V was designed and built to be invincible, and will change the experience of commuter biking much like the Pulsars changed sports biking," said Eric Vas, President (Motorcycle Business) at Bajaj Auto, in a statement.